The RIGBY Family of Dorchester

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JOHN RIGBY (d. 1647) m. Isabel Unknown (d. 1673)
MEHITABLE RIGBY (bp. 1643 - 1680) m. Nathaniel Turner

First Generation

JOHN RIGBY (d. 1647) of Dorchester

Parents: Unknown

John Rigby died in 1647. [Ref] He married Isabel Unknown. [Ref] Isabel died on 22 Jun 1673 in Dorchester. [Ref] Isabel married second Edward Breck of Dorchester. [Ref] Edward Breck came from Ashton, Lancashire with Mr. Mather in 1635. [Ref] Isabel married third, as his second wife, Anthony Fisher [Ref] of Roxbury on 14 Nov 1663. [Ref] Anthony, the son of Anthony and Marie (Fiske) Fisher, was baptised on 23 Apr 1591 in Syleham and died on 18 Apr 1671 in Dorchester. [Ref] Anthony married first Alice Unknown about 1615. [Ref]

John Rigby probably came to Dorchester about 1637. [Ref] He is on a 1641 list of inhabitants of Dorchester. [Ref] He was a freeman on 18 May 1642. [Ref]

John's will was proved on 9 (10) 1647; inventory was taken on 16 (2) 1647. [Ref]

Children of John Rigby and Isabel Unknown:

  1. Samuel Rigby was baptised on 9 (6) 1640 in Dorchester. [Ref]
  2. Mehitable Rigby was baptised in 1643 in Dorchester. She married Nathaniel Turner.
  3. Abigail Rigby was born on 22 Jun 1645 in Dorchester. [Ref] She died on 1 Mar 1702/3 in Milton. [Ref] She married Thomas Holman. [Ref] Thomas, the son of John and Anne Holman, was born on 6 Aug 1641 in Dorchester and died on 4 Aug 1704 in Milton. [Ref] John was a cordwainer. [Ref]

Second Generation

MEHITABLE RIGBY (bp. 1643 - 1680)

Parents: John Rigby and Isabel Unknown.

Mehitable Rigby was baptised in 1643 in Dorchester. [Ref: probable daughter] She died on 22 Mar 1680 in Scituate, about two weeks after having her fifth child. [Ref] She married Nathaniel Turner on 29 Mar 1664 in Scituate. [Ref][Ref][Ref]


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